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: Turkey livex deaths face further investigation 2.4.2012
: WA Export News April 02, 2012, 12:19:26 PM
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has referred a live cattle export mortality report to its investigations and enforcement department.

In June last year, 5000 cattle were loaded onto a live export boat in Portland, Victoria, to be sent to Turkey.

During the voyage, 72 of the cattle died, triggering a compulsory investigation by the Department of Agriculture.

The investigation was critical of the on-board vet, saying detailed records of veterinary medicines administered to cattle, and the number of doses given were not provided to DAFF.

One of the report's recommendations was to pass the matter to DAFF's Investigations and Enforcement section as to "whether there are grounds to issue a brief to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) concerning compliance" regarding the on-board vet's record keeping.

"Poor record-keeping by the AAV is unlikely to have contributed to cattle deaths, but has hindered analysis of voyage mortalities," the report finds.

"The exporter was unable to provide detailed information about any treatments administered to any of the livestock during the voyage, as the AAV did not keep such records."

"The exporter was able to identify which animals died, as well as the total number of animals which died due to each cause. However, the exporter was not able to specifically identify which animals died due to each cause."

The export company responsible is not named in the report, nor is the on-board vet.

The Department of Agriculture declined to be interviewed.

By Will Ockenden

Monday, 02/04/2012
: Re: Turkey livex deaths face further investigation 2.4.2012
: born_for_freedom April 04, 2012, 12:16:16 AM
Sound promising? Does it look like the teflon coated people responsible will be held acountable?

Dont hold your breath!
: Re: Turkey livex deaths face further investigation 2.4.2012
: Export News Tasmania April 04, 2012, 07:55:58 PM
Certainly don't hold your breath. This voyage was in June 2010, so nothing will happen as always.